Tiger Safety Looking to Improve His Tackling

Eric Brock talks about his season and the 2006 Auburn football team's defense.

Auburn, Ala.--Junior Eric Brock says he learned a lesson on Saturday at Ole Miss when he went for the big hit on an Ole Miss receiver on a pass play over the middle.

The Auburn safety went for the knockout shot, but the receiver bounced off the hit and kept running. Brock came away from the mishap with a sore shoulder and a missed tackle.

"My shoulder is still kind of sore," says Brock as he and his teammates prepare for game ten this season vs. Arkansas State. "My shoulder is kind of banged up because I didn't wrap up the guy.

"We can't worry about getting the big shot all of the time," adds Brock. "We just need to wrap the guy up when you see him coming across. You learn from those type of mistakes. From now on we are going to try to really focus on ensuring the tackle. That is our main focus."

Brock, a part-time starter last year and a full-time starter this season, is second on the team in total tackles, one behind outside linebacker Will Herring. Brock has 27 solo stops and 17 assists. He is tied with Herring for the team lead in interceptions with two and got one last Saturday as Auburn improved to 5-1 in the SEC and 8-1 overall with the victory over Ole Miss.

The junior from Alexander City has two interceptions this year, includin one in the victory over Florida.

This week Brock and the Tigers step out of league play for a game vs. 5-3 Arkansas State, the defending champion of the Sun Belt Conference. The Indians play with two mobile quarterbacks and there will be some carryover from the Ole Miss game as far as defensive preparations are concerned, the safety says.

"I think Arkansas State does a good job of giving you a lot of formations," Brock notes. "They keep you on your toes. You have to really look for the receivers and tight ends coming in and out of the game. The quarterback does an excellent job with his feet."

The Tigers are ranked fifth in pass defense in this week's SEC statistics. Opponents are averaging 166.7 yards per game vs. Auburn.

"I think every week the whole secondary pretty much is getting better as a unit," says Brock, who notes that his comfort level as a starting safety has grown throughout the season. "I think we played well last week. We are looking to be reliable and steady."

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